ABSTRACT

This chapter presents an exploratory study aimed at examining how and what extent Mexican engineering students use mobile devices as a help seeking source for their mathematics lessons. Eighteen Mexican engineering students from the Institute of Engineering and Technology at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico (UACJ) participated in the study. Mobile learning for mathematics is a flourishing area of research within the field of mathematics education. Help seeking is a complex phenomenon that has captured the interest of sociologists and social psychologists for decades. The results of this study suggest that the use of mobile devices as a source of mathematical help may be widespread among students that is, that they are often used inside and outside the mathematics classroom and in situations related to finding mathematical information, problem solving, graph plotting and verification of results.